11.26.14

2014 American Academy of Optometry Reaches Largest Attendance to Date

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Academy 2014 Denver was the 93rd annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, and the largest meeting in Academy history with 6,323 total registrants. This included 3,858 optometrists and vision scientists and 995 students, marking a 5% overall increase in attendance over 2013, according to an Academy news release. Attendees engaged in high-quality learning, experienced new products and technologies in a packed Exhibit Hall, and met the optometrists and vision scientists who are not only conducting the research, but also bringing the results to their clinics and practices.
 
Translating research into clinical application was a featured topic of several events including the Plenary Session, “Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Practice - The Science of Cannabinoids: Medical Perils and Benefits.” Allan J. Flach, MD, PharmD, Staci Gruber, PhD, and Prakash Nagarkatti, PhD, spoke to approximately 1,800 attendees on the evolving recognition of the medicinal value and risks of cannabinoids.
 
A highlight of the meeting was the President’s Banquet on Saturday where 242 new Fellows were inducted into the American Academy of Optometry. Fellows of the Academy must complete a candidacy process that includes submitting written work demonstrating their skills as an optometrist or vision scientist, and sitting for an oral exam at the Annual Meeting of the Academy. It is estimated that 10% of practicing optometrists in the United States are Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). Optometrists, scientists, educators, librarians, administrators and editors are eligible to become Fellows of the Academy and earn the right to use “FAAO” after their name.
 
In addition, seven individuals were awarded Diplomate status by Sections of the American Academy of Optometry. Diplomates are Fellows of the Academy who wish to demonstrate their skill in a specific area. Currently nine Sections offer Diplomate programs: Anterior Segment; Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry; Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies; Glaucoma; Low Vision; Optometric Education; Primary Care; Public Health & Environmental Vision; and Vision Science.
 
The American Academy of Optometry announced the new Board of Directors for 2014-2015 including Brett Bence, OD, FAAO, as the Academy’s new President; Joseph Shovlin, OD, FAAO, will serve as President-Elect; Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, FAAO, will serve as Secretary-Treasurer; Bernard Dolan, OD, MS, FAAO, will serve as Immediate Past-President. Board members at large for 2014-2015 are Susan Cotter, OD, MS, FAAO, Pete Kollbaum, OD, PhD, FAAO, Timothy McMahon, OD, FAAO, and Jeff Walline, OD, PhD, FAAO.
 
The American Optometric Foundation, the Academy’s foundation supporting research and education, would like to thank sponsors, donors, awardees and volunteers for making Academy 2014 Denver another huge success. The meeting resulted in more than $175,000 in generous donations and new pledges. Approximately 260 supporters attended the Foundation’s Celebration Luncheon resulting in more than $40,000 in donations and pledges at that event alone. In addition, nine new individuals and couples joined the Presidents Circle by making pledges or donations of $10,000. The President’s Circle now has more than 125 total members.
 
2014 New Diplomates
 
Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry
Angela M. Chen of Fullerton, CA
Vincent A. Billock of Dayton, OH
 
Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies
Phillip B. Brunson of Houston, TX
Jason Jedlicka of Jordan, MN
 
Low Vision
Stephanie Schmiedecke Barbieri of San Antonio, TX
 
Optometric Education
Aurora Denial of Boston, MA
 
Public Health and Environmental Vision
Ryan Manning of Mesa, AZ
 
New Fellows Class of 2014

Maria Lourdes Alarcon Fortepiani - San Antonio, Texas
Margaret Albertson - Arlington Heights, Illinois
Yousef H. Aldebasi - Buraidah, Saudi Arabia
Danielle Alperin - Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Courtney Erin Andersen - Roseville, Michigan
Chimeziri Anderson - Gboko, Nigeria
Mona Aoude - Attleboro, Massachusetts
Judith Archibold - Ballston Spa, New York
Melissa Au-Yeung - Bothell, Washington
Ralf Michael Bachmann - Emden, Germany
Anna M. Baglieri - North Quincy, Massachusetts
Ketan Bakriwala - San Diego, California
Surbhi Bansal - Davie, Florida
Jeremy A. Beatty - Saint Louis, Missouri
Daniel Belajic - Auburn, California
Hua Bi - Davie, Florida
Darin Ray Bingham - Lacey, Washington
Mei Ying Boon - Sydney, Australia
Susan R. Bowers - Coventry, England
Lindsey A. Bull - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Jackie Burress - Muskogee, Oklahoma
Kristy Canavan - Jacksonville, Florida
Jennifer Lynn Capstick - New Milford, New Jersey
Michael Carstens - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Youykham Chanthavilay - Spring Lake, North Carolina
Jessie Charm - Jordan, Hong Kong
Anne Chau - Stanton, California
Dennis W. Chui - Astoria, New York
Ejimogu Onyinyechi Chizubelu – Lagos, Nigeria
Sarah A. Ciampa - Portland, Oregon
Lauren Rachelle Cisper - Inola, Oklahoma
Shane A. Clark - Cordova, Tennessee
Molly Ann R. Clymer - Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania
Allison Coit - Spokane, Washington
Justin M. Cole - Mooresville, North Carolina
San-San Cooley - Columbus, Ohio
Marie-Eve Corbeil - Montreal, Québec Canada
Steven Colton Crowther - Manhattan, Kansas
Jennifer Cusson - Melbourne, Florida
Andria Nicole Demosthenous - Canal Winchester, Ohio
Paul R. DeWitt - Tohatchi, New Mexico
Rutvi Doshi - Boston, Massachusetts
Keirsten Eagles - Keizer, Oregon
Jessica Ellis - Wenatchee, Washington
Robert Ensley - Saint Louis, Missouri
Christina Esposito - Scottsdale, Arizona
Leslie Cucuzza Falcon - Chandler, Arizona
Kathryn M. Falk - Dublin, Georgia
Alicia Feis - Glendale, Arizona
Muriel M. Ferreira - Humble, Texas
Kalene Fix - Charlotte, North Carolina
Erica L. Fletcher - Parkville, Victoria Australia
Becky Forman - New York, New York
Stephanie R. Fromstein - Chicago, Illinois
Kristen Gaus - Bend, Oregon
Anne-Josee Gauthier - Ile-Bizard, Québec Canada
Kara E. Gerger - Boston, Massachusetts
Lindsay T. Gibney - Odenton, Maryland
Timothy A. Giles - Keller, Texas
Aaron Samuel Gold - South Miami, Florida
Agustin L. Gonzalez - Richardson, Texas
George Edward Goodman - Dallas, Texas
Sarika Gopalakrishnan - Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Jennifer Gould - New York, New York
Joshua Graf - Hastings, Nebraska
Derek A. Gresko - San Diego, California
Maritza Y. Grey - Martinsburg, West Virginia
Lauren E. Grillot - Troy, Ohio
Dejana Grk - Phoenix, Arizona
Jennifer M. Groehler - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Leslie Allyson Hackworth - Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Silvia Han - Monterey Park, California
George Hanna - Mississauga, Ontario Canada
Lindsey Nicole Hardy - Charlestown, Indiana
Eric R. Harris - Atlanta, Georgia
Nancy Hemphill - Thorofare, New Jersey
Maurice M.T.H. Heunen - Geleen, Netherlands
Katherine Hill - Chebeague Island, Maine
Erich A. Hinel - Cincinnati, Ohio
Gregory R. Hopkins II- Columbus, Ohio
Allissun Hoppert - Phoenix, Arizona
Jennifer E. Hue - Flushing, New York
Alex Hui - Scarborough, Ontario Canada
Jennifer D. Idoni - Austin, Texas
Felicia A. Jackson - APO, Armed Forces
Kevin R. Jackson - Bowling Green, Kentucky
Maggie Jan - Buena Park, California
Julianne J. Jantzi - Belcamp, Maryland
Daniele Jean - Boca Raton, Florida
Meredith Conner Jeffrey - Grosse Ile, Michigan
Matthew A. Johnson - Kalamazoo, Michigan
Jordan K. Jones - Saint Louis, Missouri
Kari Jones - Madison, Wisconsin
David T. Kageyama - Elk Grove, California
Richard Kalina - Phoenix, Arizona
Michael Kalloniatis - Kensington, New South Wales Australia
Lisa B. Kamino - Redlands, California
Narges Kasraie - San Antonio, Texas
Brigitte C. Keener - Jacksonville, Florida
Allicia Kellogg - Springdale, Arkansas
Hashim Ali Ali Khan - Danyore, Gilgit, Pakistan
Hanna Lydia Kim - Tacoma, Washington
James Kim - Woodside, New York
Samuel H. Kimball - La Grande, Oregon
Wesley Kinerk - Cibolo, Texas
Julie Hwang Klemens - Phoenix, Arizona
Benjamin Klibanoff - Attleboro, Massachusetts
Kyle D. Klute - Kalamazoo, Michigan
Cecelia C Koetting - Tucson, Arizona
Elise Kramer - Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Mallory K. Kuchem - Leawood, Kansas
Belinda Kuo - Brea, California
Caryn Michelle LaBuda - Joliet, Illinois
Amy Lagina - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Valerie E. Lam - Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Jocelyn R. LaRoche - Painesville, Ohio
Andrea N. Lasby - Calgary, Alberta Canada
Karen Lai Yin Lee - Fullerton, California
Debra A. Lehr - Macungie, Pennsylvania
Priscilla A. Lenihan - Bangor, Maine
Alison Leung - Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Chung Chi Lik - Ma On Shan, Hong Kong
Rachelle Jessica Lin - Diamond Bar, California
Alicia Xiaoxi Liu - Temple City, California
Edeline J. Lu - Fullerton, California
Jessica Lucas - Norman, Oklahoma
Christopher T. Luft - Norfolk, Virginia
Linda Luong - Los Angeles, California
Rim Makhlouf - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Maria Markoulli - Kingsgrove, Australia
Amanda R. Marks - Baltimore, Maryland
Lacey J. Marks - Leeds, Massachusetts
Jason D. Marsack - Houston, Texas
Michelle Matson - North Las Vegas, Nevada
Erin McCabe - Arlington, Virginia
Mike R. McFarland - Fayetteville, Arkansas
Brandi McGraw - Gallup, New Mexico
Kimberly Marie McHugh - New York, New York
Scott McSpadden - Monett, Missouri
Heather Melanson - Canton, New York
Nelson L. Merchan - Bogota DC, Colombia
Leslie Meyer - Farmington, New Mexico
Annie Valerie Micucci - Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Stuti Misra - Auckland, New Zealand
Christina E. Morettin - Nobleton, Ontario Canada
David K. Murakami - Boston, Massachusetts
Morgan Marshall Murphy - Galloway, Ohio
Jenny Myung - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cherie B. Nau - Rochester, Minnesota
Christina Michelle Newman - Bartlett, Tennessee
Jim P. Ng Cheong Tin - Stouffville, Ontario Canada
Diana Phuong-Anh Nguyen - Orange, California
Kent Nguyen - West Covina, California
Monica Nguyen - Monroe, Louisiana
Theresa Nguyen - Saint Louis, Missouri
Tamara Oechslin - Hilliard, Ohio
Jaime R K Okamura - Tucson, Arizona
Lisa Ong - Singapore, Singapore
Eric Owens - Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
Stefania Maria Paniccia - Oakland Gardens, New York
Mark R. Parsons - Rochester, New York
Jemini Patel - Pacoima, California
Pooja J. Patel - Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
Pravina Patel - Ocala, Florida
Saurin Patel - Marlboro, New Jersey
Sonal Patel - Brick, New Jersey
Sunni Raman Patel - Toronto, Canada
Bhavika Patidar - Manchester, Tennessee
Jon F. Pederson - Centennial, Colorado
Rosalyn J. Perez - Hoboken, New Jersey
Tyler Persson - Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Jack Phu - Eastwood NSW, Australia
Brian J. Pietrantonio - Olympia, Washington
Olga Pikus - Kew Gardens, New York
Jill Pitts - Memphis, Tennessee
Erica Lynn Poole - Orange Park, Florida
Renee Rambeau - Tipp City, Ohio
Margarette R. Recalde - Fresno, California
Jonathan Paul Reid - Carlinville, Illinois
Maya Sinulingga Reid - Carlinville, Illinois
Crystal Dawn Remington - Northborough, Massachusetts
Lauren Richards - Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
Trennda Rittenbach - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Andrea T. Rossow - Plymouth, Minnesota
Erin Rueff - Columbus, Ohio
Sharlette Saldana - San Francisco, California
Patricia C. Sanchez Diaz - San Antonio, Texas
Jennifer Anne Sanderson - Memphis, Tennessee
Nathan T. Schlotthauer - Byron Center, Michigan
Lisa Schneider - FPO, Armed Forces Pacific
Krystal L. Schulle - Houston, Texas
Justin Alexander Schweitzer - Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Boris Severinsky - Brookline, Massachusetts
Munish Sharma - Rancho Cucamonga, California
Matthew C. Simpson - Ashland, Kentucky
Matthew Sipola - Virginia, Minnesota
Megan Marie Sis - Ramsey, Minnesota
Bryan Wade Sixkiller - Eielson AFB, Alaska
Joshua Smith-Hanen - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alaina Louise Softing Hataye - Rochester, Minnesota
Casandra Solis - Lenexa, Kansas
Niloufar Soltanian - Norcross, Georgia
Heather Spampinato - Hamilton, Ohio
Kristen Spears - Atlanta, Georgia
Sowmya Srinivas - Medfield, Massachusetts
Laura Marie Suppa - Charleston, West Virginia
Andri Agus Syah - JAWA BARAT, Indonesia
Bo Tan - Berkeley, California
Jacqueline Theis - San Francisco, California
Daniel Tilia - Sydney NSW, Australia
Tonya Tira - Midlothian, Virginia
Kara L. Tison - Eldorado, Illinois
Jenna Rochelle Titelbaum - Marblehead, Massachusetts
Alexandra LH Tran - Tacoma, Washington
Jennifer Marie Tribley-Grill - Latham, New York
Alexandra Troy - Kalamazoo, Michigan
Tan Ngoc Truong - Oakland, California
Tiffany Dian Tucker - Jacksonville, Florida
Erica N. Turner - Goldsboro, North Carolina
Emily Ufken - Columbus, Ohio
Suraj Upadhyaya - Lilongwe 3, Malawi
Ramandeep Uppal - Petaluma, California
Anjali Desai Vachhani - Cary, North Carolina
Anthony W. Van Alstine - Indianapolis, Indiana
Averi Van Dam - Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
Laura Van Der Waag - Cortez, Colorado
Louise Lucia Arianne van Doorn - Geldermalsen, Netherlands
Jamel D. Vaughn - Arlington, Texas
Michael J. Vernon - Redmond, Washington
Stephen J. Vincent - Brisbane, Australia
John Allen Vingoe - Norwich, Connecticut
Melissa Vydelingum - Pasadena, California
Greg R. Waldorf - Cranston, Rhode Island
Maria Walker - Houston, Texas
John Scott Whorff - Winnsboro, Texas
David Wilkinson - Mississauga, Ontario Canada
Julie K. Williams - Wagner, South Dakota
Tawnya Wilson - Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Katie Wulff - Columbus, Ohio
Michael J. Yapp - UNSW Kensington, Australia
Susan Carol Zacatelco - Hilliard, Ohio
Jenna L. Zigler - Columbus, Ohio

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